Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

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Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Prior to the passage of P.L. 94-142, many students with disabilities were excluded from school entirely, and many others were offered an education that was not appropriate to their needs. ? When P.L. 94-142 was enacted in 1975, it required that States submit plans that assured all students with disabilities the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Today, IDEIA requires that all States demonstrate that they have in effect “a policy that assures all children with disabilities the right to a free appropriate public education.” But what really is a FAPE? What’s mandated in order to provide FAPE to all children receiving special education? The focus of this NASET video course will be to discuss in detail a free appropriate public education.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to FAPE
  • Definition of FAPE
  • “Free”--Education Be At No Cost To The Parent
  • Hendrick Hudson District Board of Education v. Rowley
  • Educational Benefit
  • Cadillac v. Chevrolet argument
  • Best v. Appropriate
  • Defining An “Appropriate” Education
  • Graduation and FAPE


Video Lecture Part 1 - Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (Login Required)

Video Lecture Part 2 - Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (Login Required)

Video Lecture Part 3 - Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (Login Required)

Power Point Presentation - Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (Login Required)


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